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    US tech camera

    Thumbing through some back issues of View Camera magazine (and sadly finding that laytoncamera.com now links to some page in, what, Russian?) I was thinking about the long tradition in North America - particularly the US - of producing superbly engineered large format view cameras and the like.

    In the digital age, 'technical cameras' have (for the most part) become the platform of choice for photographers wanting to use camera movements with a MFDB - but where are the US manufacturers of such platforms? Have I missed them, or have Arca/Alpa/Cambo etc. pretty much got everything sewn up.

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    Re: US tech camera

    I think you forgot to add Sinar and Linhof. Besides these companies there isn't much out there.

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    They do not make whole tech cameras, but there is SK Grimes, Luksa and Kapture Group?

    ...but most of the good stuff comes from Switzerland and the neighboring countries - perhaps this is the inheritance of the clock and watch industry?

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    Re: US tech camera

    Cambo - Dutch
    Alpa - Swiss
    Arca Swiss - French (was Swiss)
    Sinar - Swiss
    Linhof - German
    Canham - American
    Ebony - Japanese

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    Re: US tech camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Mitchell View Post
    Canham - American
    Ebony - Japanese
    Those are not tech cameras for MFDB more than any other viewcamera out there.

    Speaking of tech cameras for MFDB we can add
    Silvestri - Italy
    Horseman - Japan

    ...albeit no idea how popular those are compared to Alpa, Arca, Cambo, Sinar for tech cameras for MFDB.

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